Week 2: Axemen at Danger – Preview

Bemidji, MN - The Bemidji Axemen (1-0) head south to take on the Nebraska Danger (0-1) at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Kickoff is slated for Saturday, March 1 at 7:00pm.

This will serve as the first ever matchup between the Axemen and Danger.  The Axemen started their inaugural season off on the right foot as they defeated the Green Bay Blizzard 40-36 in their Week 1 matchup at the Sanford Center in Bemidji while Danger fell to the reigning IFL champion Sioux Falls Storm, 52-35 in Sioux Falls.

Last week quarterback Hunter Wanket anchored the Axemen offense, completing nine of 21 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns.  Ryan Balentine, DeJay Lester, and Warren Matthews were on the receiving end of those touchdowns, hauling in one touchdown each.  Balentine led the receiving corps, snagging six catches for 72 yards.  Lester had a pair of catches for 44 yards and Matthews turned a short shovel-pass into a 45 yards score.

Running back DeMario Pippen paved the way on the ground as he had six carries for 22 yards and one touchdown.  Lester rushed four times for 30 yards while Matthews carried the ball 10 times for 18 yards.

The Nebraska Danger are led by University of Virginia alum and reigning IFL MVP Jameel Sewell.  While injured in Nebraska’s Week One matchup against Sioux Falls, Sewell completed 12 of 19 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns.  During his MVP campaign last year, Sewell took the IFL by storm, throwing for 2,531 yards and 52 touchdowns.  He proved how versatile he is by rushing an additional 654 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns on the ground.

Defensively, the Danger are led by Cornelius “Pig” Brown.  Brown anchored the defense last season, recording 67 tackles, two sacks, and a pair of interceptions.  Last week against the Storm, Brown tallied eight tackles, two tackles-for-loss, and one sack.

You can catch this weekend’s game on the Axemen Radio Network (820am/103.1fm WBKK and 870am KPRM and online at ) or you can watch it online at AmericaOne.com.